April, 2013

Mother happy ‘at’ juicy details, but not the shenanigans

April 30, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 04/29/13 edition of The Goshen News. Always on Monday. Always on page three. And always on local newsstands. Driving along on the way to church, he chirps it from his throne behind Daddy. “My teacher was happy at me.” It’s the Cheerful Little Cricket, our […]

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That’s what Mama says

April 26, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Boy, that was fun. When you’re six like me, a kindergarten field trip is a really big deal. I was so excited that Mama said I vibrated for days, I was that happy. Our trip was on Thursday (yesterday), so when I woke up, I called Mama on her phone. She was writing her column […]

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Lord, move that cloud

April 25, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Situations that don’t change.  Prayers that seem unanswered.  Long desert days, dry desert nights.  Seasons of heat and sun and weariness, clouds that won’t move and cracked, parched earth in need of the rains. It was back in June 2011 that I wrote a post entitled  “When the Cloud Doesn’t Move” after a not-so-chance encounter with a […]

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Prime time may not be ready for this family–or those numbers

April 23, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 04/22/13 edition of The Goshen News. Those are some goofy numbers. It reads like a novel. Some days, a tragedy; others, a comedy, but always a volatile plot line. A friend, observing the action, said, “You should make a sitcom about your life.” I think […]

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The language of tears

April 18, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

On an ordinary day in an ordinary town, an extraordinary event. For months, they’ve been preparing, and a multitude, numbering half a million, has gathered to watch. It’s the Boston marathon. This year, 26,839 people have entered, signing their names to a race that will mean blood, sweat and tears in a 26.2-mile test of […]

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“Israelites” look to flee “Egypt,” unhappy over rules

April 16, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note:  This column was published in the 04/15/13 edition of The Goshen News. A good dose of humor’s just what the doctor ordered on Tax Day! 😀 It was the second time through that did it. I’d found it once already, counted it up and gave it back. A day or two later, kneeling on […]

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The Son is breaking

April 15, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Stepping outside, I see it. The sun, it’s peeking, leaking light across the back fence just there at the edge of the world. I stop for a moment on the back stoop. Stand quiet, breathing in, breathing out. Just a human, being, for a moment, instead of doing… The birds, they’re singing, a song of spring, […]

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“Even crooked sticks can be used”

April 11, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

“Even crooked sticks can be used.” That’s what he says. Pulling no punches, he looks across the room and tells it straight. “Crooked sticks.” He’s reading from Matthew. There, Jesus is assembling his starting lineup, some of those He’s chosen to go the distance. By looking at who He’s picking, won’t it tell us something […]

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In marriage, it’s North and South, spicy and sweet

April 9, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

Note: This Grounds for Insanity column was published in the 04/08/13 edition of The Goshen News, this writer’s paper of record. I could scarcely believe it. Why, it was hardly American, not to love it like that. To skip it right over, to pass it right up. To go for the boring instead. On the […]

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When she’s better than you

April 4, 2013 Rhonda Schrock Rhonda's Posts

A conversation the other day reminded me again…there’s room for all of us. It’s a deadly game we play, for sure.  For some, it’s been a lifelong struggle, a continuous trap, an ugly default that’s just – there.  At least it has for me. I’m talking about that awful Comparison Game.  Not having enough time, […]

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